The first Junior Enterprise emerges in ESSEC (L'Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) in 1967, in Paris - France. A group of students, aware of their need to complement their knowledge with practice, created the Junior Enterprise. This association would provide a business reality, through consulting services of high quality and low market cost, before the end of the courses they were doing.
In 1969, there were more than twenty Junior Enterprises in France. These associations founded the French Confederation of Junior Enterprises (Confédéracion Nationale des Junior-Entreprises – CNJE), aiming to represent the Junior Enterprise Movement in France and other related activities. In 1986, when there were more than a hundred french JEs, the concept began to spread through the rest of Europe: Belgium, Holland, Germany, Protugal, Italy and Switzerland. Finally in 1992, the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises - JADE - was created.
In Brazil, the concept of Junior Enterprise arrived in 1987 at the initiative of the French - Brazilian Commerce Chamber. The first JE created was the Junior GV, from the EAE Business School of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, in 1989. In 1990 the brazilians founded the FEJESP (Junior Enterprise Federation of the State of Sao Paulo). Its main objectives were: represent federated JE, keep them faithful and consistent with the initial concept and ensure the movement's unity.
In 1993, the first National Meeting of Junior Enterprises (ENEJ for its acronym in Spanish) was held in Sao Paulo. From then on, different Federations were created. Brasil Junior was founded in the XI ENEJ, in 2003, in the city of Salvador, to represent the Junior Enterprises of all spheres.
Currently, there are more than 300 Junior Enterprises distributed in different countries of Europe. Brazil, the country with more Junior Enterprises, has more than 600, throughout 14 states. Other countries in the world which have Junior Enterprises are Argentina, Chile, United States, Canada, China, Peru, Mexico, Paraguay, Tunes, Camerun, South Africa, Morocco and Japan. ATLAS J.E. is the second Junior Enterprise in Argentina and together with Vinculos Consultoría are part of the Movement.
Founded and managed exclusively by degree students, the Junior Enterprises transform students into committed entrepreneurs able to contribute to the development of the country. Through knowledge acquired in courses, students provide services to SMEs and expand their entrepreneurial attitude. As a result, professionals show up increasingly qualified and equipped with skills such as leadership , strategic vision and management experience.